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Rock and roll for 26 | A running commentary

by Cory Tolbert Haik,

Rock and Roll coverage and updates | Live sights and sounds

Follow along with staffer Cory Haik starting at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 27 for live coverage from the course, for 26.2 miles. You can read her following Twitter updates, click into the Google map points to see her photos that have been geo-coded and sent on location as well as her video filed from the field and published into the below player.

Live photos, mapped below (click a pinpoint to see image):

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Video updates, click to play the latest:

A running commentary

June 22, 2009

by Cory Tolbert Haik,

I hadn't planned on running another marathon just yet, my legs are still remembering New York last November. But when destiny calls you, "no" is hardly the appropriate response.

Seattle is the eleventh city to join others in the national Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series; 26.2 miles of music, this race dubbed, "a running Nirvana." And running in the summer in Seattle is already close to bliss, I will vouch. But with 45 bands on 27 entertainment stages, it's sure to be a journey that transcends in some way. At least 25,000 runners have somewhat agreed; that's the number registered.

In the newsroom this race is touching many departments. The Metro editors think it's interesting because any time this many folks gather for something, it's generally news. Imagine a by-the-numbers piece and it instantly becomes something to talk about: How much food has to be delivered to volunteers, band members and runners; how many water cups, how many police barricades, how many police officers . . .? You get the picture. The Features folks thinks it's something because, hello, instant music festival. They have 26 bands to banter about and decide how to report around. And then, THEN!, there is the Sports department. Seattle is a running town. The Seattle Times Sports department knows this well. They couldn't be more prepared to cover this event. Staff reporters and photographers will be out en masse. This is going to take up some broadsheet and, if all goes as planned, some broadband, too.

I have run a few races this year, 5Ks, half-marathons and the like. I was just starting to set my sights on all fall full, but a twinkle in my journo-geek eye got the better of me. (That is the destiny part). I work on the Web at Things like live mapping and video get me really excited. Mash that up with running and, well, Nirvana. So it's decidedly on. I am going to run the race and cover the event live, bringing the sights and sounds to a computer (or mobile device of your chosing) near you.

On race day, Saturday, June 27, starting at 6:30 a.m., I'll begin my dispatches from the course. You can come to this page (you'll be able to navigate to it from the homepage) and find photos filed to a mapped course, live. I'll dispatch a video report from each mile/band. And I'll also use Twitter to send a stream of text updates. If you use the service, you can follow me or simply read the stream on this page. It will be a first-person report from the field for the entire course. And we'll do our best to make it easy to get to and digest.

If you're interested in seeing 25,000 folks move through the streets of the Emerald City, follow me.

More from Cory on running: Happy New Year, go jump in the lake